Roman Catholic Diocese of Meath

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Diocese of Meath
Dioecesis Midensis
Deoise na Mí
Christ le Roi Mullingar.JPG
Location
Country Republic of Ireland
Territory Most of counties Meath, Westmeath part of Offaly along with part of counties Longford, Louth, Dublin and Cavan.
Ecclesiastical province Province of Armagh
Statistics
Area 1,809 sq mi (4,690 km2)
Population
- Catholics

250,000
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Cathedral Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar
Patron saint St Finnian
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop The Most Reverend Dr. Michael Smith,
Bishop of Meath
Metropolitan Archbishop Cardinal Seán Brady,
Archbishop of Armagh
Map
The Diocese of Meath, shown in dark blue, within the Province of Armagh.
The Diocese of Meath, shown in dark blue,
within the Province of Armagh.
Website
dioceseofmeath.ie

The Diocese of Meath (Irish: Deoise na Mí) is a Roman Catholic diocese in eastern Ireland. It is one of eight suffragan dioceses which are subject to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Armagh. The incumbent ordinary is the Most Reverend Michael Smith, who succeeded to the title on 16 May 1990.

Ecclesiastical history[edit]

Early history[edit]

Although there had been abbot-bishops at Clonard Abbey since the sixth century, the diocese of Clonard proper was not formally established until 1111.[1][2][3] It was one of the twenty-four dioceses established by the Synod of Rathbreasail. The diocese covered roughly the western part of the Kingdom of Meath with the bishop's seat located at Clonard Abbey.

Lordship of Ireland[edit]

During the twelfth century the bishops of Clonard acquired most of Meath as their territory, and frequently used the title "bishop of Meath" or "bishop of the men of Meath". After Bishop Simon Rochfort transferred his seat from Clonard to Trim in 1202, the normal style became the "Bishop of Meath". From 1778 until the late 19th century it had its seat in Navan, County Meath.

19th and 20th centuries[edit]

Charles Stewart Parnell's relationship with Mrs Katharine O'Shea led to the Bishop of Meath having a letter read at masses in the diocese in condemnation of the relationship. As Parnell was popular, this caused a backlash which eventually led to the cathedra removing to Mullingar, County Westmeath permanently. The diocesan School, St. Finian's College also moved to Mullingar from Navan. The incumbent Bishop is Dr. Michael Smith.

The diocesan cathedral is Christ the King Cathedral, Mullingar, situated near the town centre.

Ordinaries[edit]

Main article: Bishop of Meath
The Most Reverend Dr. Michael Smith, the current Bishop of Meath

The following is a basic list of bishops of Meath since 1830:[4][5]

  • John Cantwell (1830–1866)
  • Thomas McNulty (1866–1898)
  • Matthew Gaffney (1899–1906)
  • Laurence Gaughran (1906–1928)
  • Thomas Mulvany (1929–1943)
  • John Francis D'Alton (1943–1946)
  • John Anthony Kyne (1947–1966)
  • John McCormack (1968–1990)
  • Michael Smith (1990–present)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cogan, Anthony (1862). The diocese of Meath: ancient and modern 1. Dublin: J.F. Fowler. 
  2. ^ Volume 2
  3. ^ Volume 3
  4. ^ Diocese of Meath. Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 26 April 2010.
  5. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 439–440. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 

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